Emma Nishimura

Biography

Emma Nishimura is a Toronto based printmaker, working out of her home as well as Open Studio, an artist run printmaking centre. She also teaches etching courses (Open Studio, Toronto School of Art) as well as being involved in a number of custom printing projects.

She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2005, where she specialized in printmaking and photography, learning a wide variety of techniques, from traditional intaglio etching to experimental photo-printmaking processes.

Since returning to Toronto she has been creating and exhibiting her work. You can find her work at Arts on Queen and in the print sales gallery of Open Studio. Emma has been exhibiting her work since 2004. Shows include, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, One of Kind Show and Sale, Muskoka Arts and Crafts and the Signatures Show.

Statement

I spend my summers north of the city paddling lakes and rivers, guiding canoe trips and living the Canadian landscape. I love it. Being out on the water or in the woods allows me to experience the enormity of the world; its beauty, its power. It is a place where I feel utterly free.

This body of work explores the memories and feelings that I have experienced on a number of Canadian rivers and in Georgian Bay. I wanted to translate the quiet and the calm, the power of the trees and the water and how it is that you can lose yourself to the land. I do this in part for my own escape from my city life, as well as to create works that will hopefully evoke similar feelings and memories for others.

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